September 6, 2004

Trans-Canada Highway project cleared for New Brunswick DOT following EA process

OTTAWA, ONT-A proposal by the New Brunswick Department of Transportation to build a new four-lane section of the Trans-Canada Highway will not be referred to a mediator or review panel under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Federal Environment Minister St√ąphane Dion has referred the project back to the responsible authorities, Transport Canada, Infrastructure Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, for appropriate action. "I am pleased that, as a result of the environmental assessment process, segments of the highway have been realigned in order to save and protect clusters of rare plants," he said. The 70-kilometre section of divided highway proposed by the provincial department will begin just south of the Trans-Canada Highway/Route 190 interchange in the village of Perth-Andover, continue past River de Chute, Florenceville and Hartland, and end near the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway/Route 550 (Connell Road) in the town of Woodstock. The project will be funded under the Canadian Strategic Infrastructure Fund program.
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